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MRC's ‘DisHonors Awards’ Event Held Thursday Night

Senator Mike Lee, Steve Hayes, Monica Crowley, Jim DeMint, Cal Thomas and Charles Krauthammer highlighted the MRC’s “2013 Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporting,” presented on Thursday night, September 26, before an audience of 850 at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the presentation of the DisHonors Awards videos in four categories and a look at some “funny clips,” the audience decided Jonathan Alter had earned the Quote of the Year dishonor. MRC President Brent Bozell asked the audience to show their derision, via jeers and noisemakers, of quotes from Melissa Harris-Perry, Chris Matthews and Alter which each had won a category earlier in the program.

>> Watch video of the entire event and of all the nominated and winning videos <<

The MRC opened the evening by honoring Dr. Charles Krauthammer with the MRC’s seventh annual “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.” Cal Thomas, who earned the honor in 2011, introduced Krauthammer who delivered a mix of serious and humrous remarks about his years enduring liberals in the media and beyond.

In a new twist this year, DisHonors Awards category winners were determined by the audience. After watching the nominee quotes, attendees at each of the 86 tables discussed the quotes and then, by electronic device, the table captain cast the choice on behalf of the table.

The nominee quotes were narrowed to three beforehand by a distinguished panel of 14 leading media observers, including Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Neal Boortz, David Limbaugh, Walter E. Williams, Jim Pinkerton, Erick Erickson and Thomas S. Winter.

Brent Bozell. President of the MRC, served as Master of Ceremonies. Chris Plante, a talk show host on Washington, DC’s WMAL, presented the first two award categories before Monica Crowley handled the “funny clips.” Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes handled the third and fourth awards.

In place of the journalist who won each award, a conservative accepted it in jest. Those standing in for the winners: David Webb, a Sirius/XM host and co-founder of TeaParty365, Mia Love, Mayor or Saratoga Springs, Utah, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The evening began with an invocation by Joshua Duggar, Executive Director of FRC Action. Radar Radford, a trustee for the MRC, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.